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Best of Omni Science Fiction

Entry updated 23 March 2019. Tagged: Publication.

US anthology series that was an offshoot of Omni magazine but which also published original material. The first volume, edited by Ben Bova and Don Myrus, published in March 1980, was all reprint, but was so successful, selling over 300,000 copies in three months, that consideration was given to issuing an all-sf Magazine. In the end a compromise was reached, with each volume a mixture of reprints and new material, some reprints taken from sources other than Omni. Bova and Myrus edited the first four volumes together, and Myrus the last two alone. Number 2 appeared in March 1981, and then it became twice yearly, in March and August of 1982 and 1983. Number 5 contained a special appreciation of the work of Robert Silverberg, and Number 6 likewise for Harlan Ellison. All volumes were labelled "Collector's Edition". The new material published was "Waiting for the Earthquake" (1981 #2) by Robert Silverberg, "Clap Hands and Sing" (1982 #3) by Orson Scott Card, "God Bless Them" (1982 #3) by Gordon R Dickson, "The Thousand Cuts" (1982 #3) by Ian Watson, "Rubber Soul" (1982 #4) by Spider Robinson, "Love Calls" (1982 #4) by Oxford Williams, "Basileus" (1983 #5) by Robert Silverberg, "The Touch" (1983 #5) by Gregory Benford, "The Lost Secret" (1983 #5) by Laurence M Janifer, "There Were People on Bikini, There Were People on Attu" (1983 #5) by William Tenn, "Chained to the Fast Lane in the Red Queen's Race" (1983 #6) by Harlan Ellison, "A Blossom in Ares" (1983 #6) by Jack Massa, "A Brief Dance to the Music of the Spheres" (1983 #6) by Michael J Kurland, "The Holy Father" (1983 #6) by Michael Cassutt and "Intermezzo" (1983 #6) by Melisa Michaels. [MA]


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